If The Washington Post is right –- and Tommy McFLY is the “local Ryan Seacrest” — then he’s the multi-platform voice, anchor and host for the world’s most powerful city and its media ambassador to the rest of the nation.
An only child Gemini, rescue dog-loving millennial, originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tommy is always on the move around Maryland, Virginia, and Washington – and he’s on 24/7.
Weekday mornings, 5 to 9 a.m., Tommy hosts The Tommy Show on 94.7 Fresh FM –- sort of like a “fun table at a wedding.” Joined by co-hosts Kelly Collis and Jen Richer, and heard by approximately one million listeners each week, it’s “Today’s Fresh Music” along with laughs, topical questions, celebrity interviews, and entertainment news. And it’s Tommy, Kelly, and Jen as they are, being who they are, and living a real life in the DMV.
On television, at NBC 4, and streaming online, Tommy is either working the red-carpet for star-studded events like the Kennedy Center Honors or continuously discovering the latest trends, finding inspiring stories, and uncovering the real Washington. And nowhere is the real Washington and real Tommy on display more than when he’s involved with the community he calls home.
From bringing together more than 5,500 fans at Freedom Plaza to cheer the United States soccer team in the World Cup, to delivering the commencement address to students at one of the best public magnet high schools in the country, School without Walls; from mastering the ceremonies of grand occasions and milestone announcements with guest lists that include heads of state, federal, state, and local officials, and A-list celebrities, to emceeing events for vital organizations like American Red Cross, DC Central Kitchen, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, Make-A-Wish, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Washington Humane Society, St. Anne’s Center for Children, Youth and Families and many more; from raising essential funds for holiday wreaths for the fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery and monies for the George Washington University Hospital Mobile Mammography Unit, to organizing events and encouraging greater support for Best Buddies Virginia, where he volunteers on the state board, to forge a more inclusive society for everyone –- Tommy uses the mic not just to entertain but to inspire, give back and pay it forward.
It’s that unique blend of social responsibility and community engagement — and peerless ability to connect with people — that’s even received the notice of the White House. During the 2013 Inaugural festivities, Tommy was tapped as the emcee of the President’s National Day of Service on the National Mall. For the past four years, he has also served as the official emcee for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show. And for four years running he’s emceed the White House Easter Egg Roll, which annually brings together Hollywood stars, chart-toping music talent, and 30,000 citizens from across the country.
He is, as Cathy Alter of The Washington Post Magazine called him, “a prince of DC media.” But the better title might just be D.C.’s most sought after, trusted friend.
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